Body temperature may increase due to depression

Body temperature may increase due to depression

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The findings shed light on how a novel depression treatment method might work, said Ashley Mason, PhD, lead author of the study and associate professor of psychiatry at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

A small group of existing, causal studies have found that hot tub or sauna use may reduce depression, possibly by causing the body to cool itself, for example, through sweating.

“The irony is that warming people can actually lower body temperature again, which can keep people warm longer than cooling them directly through an ice bath,” said Mason, a clinical psychologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health. Lasts for a while.”

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